Skunks Invade Local School

3-17-05 - Collinsville's elementary school students are back from spring break, but students and teachers alike have to deal with a stifling smell. Skunks have taken up residence under the building – causing a headache for everyone.

March is part of mating season for skunks and the crawl spaces under the school provide a warm place to escape the cold nights.

School officials have used large fans and left the doors open during the day, but the odor still lingers inside classrooms.

The school hired an exterminator to set traps, but despite a week of trying, no skunks have been caught.